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The McCarthy Institute and Microsoft Corporation Symposium: Trademark Law and Its Challenges 2017

At the Amazon Corporate Conference Center in Seattle, Washington

Pre-Registration is now closed. Please check in at the Onsite Registration Desk when you arrive.

Join us for the seventh annual symposium, Trademark Law and Its Challenges 2017, presented by The McCarthy Institute and the Microsoft Corporation.

This year's symposium features keynotes by Joe Ferretti, VP & Chief Counsel, Global Trademarks at PepsiCo/President, INTA, and Tom McCarthy, Senior Professor, University of San Francisco.

This annual one-day symposium brings together brand owners, trademark attorneys, and public policymakers to face off on today's most pressing issues in trademark law.

The conference will take place in the Amazon Corporate Conference Center in Seattle, Washington on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, immediately followed by a networking reception. For this event, casual or business casual attire is appropriate.

We look forward to seeing you in Seattle.

Registration Fees

  • $150 for outside counsel and other professionals
  • Free of charge for in-house counsel, government attorneys, judges, and law students


There are numerous hotels within walking distance of the Amazon Corporate Conference Center. You can find a list of them and make reservations here.

Symposium Parking

There is limited on-site parking options at Amazon. For information on local parking options, please click here.

Host Sponsors

MCLE Credit (Units TBA)

This activity is pending approval for Minimum Continuing Education credit by the State Bar of California. The USF School of Law is an approved provider of MCLE and certifies that these activities conform to the standards approved for educational activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing Minimum Continuing Legal Education.

Please email us for additional information.

Co-Hosted By

  • David Franklyn, Professor, The McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology and Co-Founder of The McCarthy Symposium
  • Russell Pangborn, Partner, Seed IP Law Group and Co-Founder of The McCarthy Symposium
  • Elena Grimme, Assistant General Counsel, Trademarks, Microsoft
  • Dana Northcott, Associate General Counsel for IP, Amazon

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